Recycled sleepers

Over past few weeks we’ve been back working at three Christchurch hillside properties we began working on earlier in the year. The change to cooler temperatures has been welcome - just hope the much needed rain doesn’t come too soon!

At the first property, the building work on the house is all done, the owners are in and the final touches to the garden design are underway. Several large boulders have been placed and the area is being prepared for the last of the planting. 

Design topics

Using recycled hardwood sleepers, reclaimed from the wharf upgrade to the port of Lyttelton,  we have been building steps in this hillside Christchurch garden. These steps link the lower area of the property up to the second level of the house and then on up to the future garden area at the top of the property.

Now that all the heavy lifting is done (see the video here), we’re onto building the decks. On a steep Christchurch hillside like this one on Cannon Hill, decks are a good way to get some usable outdoor space. Somewhere for the kids to play and much easier to maintain in the long run than difficult to access garden beds!

For this project, our brief was to create a clean, modern garden design that reflected and enhanced the modular design of this newly built house.

Corten steel clad planter boxes, wide concrete steps, large boulders, recycled sleeper steps and hardwood decking make up the elements of this landscape design.

On the back side of the house, in what could have been a neglected area, our design incorporates a secluded garden. Here blue tiles contrast with the oxidising Corten steel and lush green planting. There are vibrant views from both outside and inside the house.